Who can hide in secret places so that I cannot see them? says the Lord. Do I not fill heaven and earth? says the Lord.” vs. 24Jeremiah 23:23-26
Twenty-five hundred years ago Jeremiah refused to believe that God could be manipulated or avoided. God was no idol of stone or wood hanging out in temples and having no connection to daily life. Like many of us, Jeremiah believed that the Lord filled the universe, that God was present in all that exists. For Jeremiah that was important knowledge, an understanding of God that should keep humans from ever imagining that they could get away with their lies and unscrupulous behaviors. Now it may be that some folks don’t give a rip about God and don’t even care that their language and actions are gross and despicable. But most people, almost all politicians in fact, say that they do believe in God. In the United States, it’s a part of our national creed and even shows up on our money (though probably not on Bitcoin). So why then is it so hard for people to behave in God-pleasing ways? There’s probably not a good answer, but the question sure gave Jeremiah heartburn. And it should bother us too, and not just as some other reason to judge others. This is something for each of us to consider carefully in our hearts. Is God’s closeness a factor in my daily living choices? If not, why not?
Thought for the Day: Is my faith real or just lip service?